Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

This Call is part a multi-funder research initiative on Boosting Decent Employment for Africa’s Youth, aimed at providing key insights, practical guidance, and tools to policy makers and practitioners to help realize aspirations for large-scale positive change. The research initiative is positioned within the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the overarching and inclusive effort endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination to scale up country-level action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Call aims to: (1) strengthen the evidence base on sustainable and effective learning, skills development and market linkages, and active labour market measures to boost economic opportunities that facilitate the transition of youth into decent work; (2) foster learning and sharing of experiences through multi-stakeholder dialogue within and across countries; and (3) provide opportunities for young people to actively engage in knowledge generation, policy dialogue, and initiatives that enhance their employability.

The focus will be on applied research, embedded in or linked to practice, and provides on-going learning to inform program design and/or scale up. This approach will deepen policy dialogue with directly relevant evidence on the “how to” question and will provide learning loops in the policy and program implementation. The work will be grounded in specific contexts – including in fragile contexts. The results are expected to have wider relevance and feed into pan African discussions on youth employment. The current call focuses on two themes: (1) Theme 1: Soft skills and digital jobs for youth; and (2) Theme 2: Effective approaches to foster work-based learning programs and mentorship.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are institutions or a consortium of institutions that have a strong presence in sub-Saharan Africa.

3) Location

Actions must take place in sub-Saharan Africa.

4) Budget 

The total budget should not exceed CA$500,000 (approx. $381,000). Projects are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and should be scheduled to be completed within a timeframe not exceeding 24 months.

5) Application

A completed Concept Note needs to be submitted using the online application form in FluidReview. Applications should be submitted online by 5:00 PM (EST) on October 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted in English or French.